Manhunt for Gallatin County Man


By Sam Jones
By Randy Livingston

GALLATIN COUNTY-- A manhunt in Gallatin County continued Friday night for a convicted felon, who police say is armed and dangerous.

After a long standoff Thursday in Equality, authorities discovered Brian Potts had fled. Police surrounded his trailer for nearly twelve hours before determining he had left earlier that day.

Potts' record includes drug and weapons charges, along with domestic batteries and previous police escapes.

Thursday around 2:30 p.m., a 911 call came in to the Equality Police Department for a domestic dispute between Potts and his live-in girlfriend. She escaped, and a short time later police arrived on the scene.

Police were told they had seen Potts come outside with a gun, turn and run into his trailer. They now believe he escaped through the back door.

Neighbors have since reported seeing a man running through an open field nearby. Authorities say there's a good chance it was Potts.

Illinois State Police are leading the investigation right now. So far, they've found weapons and a meth lab in Potts' home.

Law enforcement has reason to believe he's still nearby. If you see Potts, don't approach him. Instead, call 911, or the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office at (618)269-3137.

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